Chris Johnson studied photography with Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham and Wynn Bullock and has been the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation (w/Hank Willis Thomas); AICA Mellon Foundation Grant for Photography and Polaroid Foundation Artist Grants.
As co-producer of performance works with Suzanne Lacy he has jointly received grants from The Rockefeller Foundation Walter and Elise Haas; LEF Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, Tamarack Foundation, McKesson Foundation; and has work in the collection of Smithsonian Institution, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Oakland Museum, Center For Creative Photography.
Chris Johnson is the author of The Practical Zone System: for Film and Digital Photography; currently in its 5th edition published by Focal Press in the West and Zhejiang Photographic Press in China..
From 1999 – 2005 he served as Chair of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Commission and from 1997 to 2000 he was Director of the Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography.
As a member, Public Art Management Team, Port of Oakland, Chris Johnson is the originator of and Project Manager for the Media Wall currently installed in the Oakland International Airport.
Chris Johnson is currently a tenured Professor of Photography at the California College of the Arts where for ten years he served as President of the Faculty Senate.
Chris Johnson is the creator and co-Director and Producer of the Question Bridge: Black Males project:http://questionbridge.com/
The installation element of this project will be installed at the Brooklyn and Oakland Museums in Feb 2012.